Suspect Arrested In Fatal Mall Shooting
Posted February 1, 2006
Updated January 22, 2007
At about 3:30 p.m., Durham police officers surrounded Pinecrest Apartments at 608 N. Hardee St. after they received a CrimeStoppers tip that Lamar Bass, 17, was staying there.
Bass was wanted on charges of murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and going armed to the terror of the public in connection with a Dec. 26 double-shooting at Northgate Mall that ended with the death of one teenager, 16-year-old Lazarren "Qwan" McLean, and another teen injured.
"It's a great day for me," said McLean's uncle, Tim Worthy. "Because my nephew is gone and there's nothing I can do about it -- but you know, I'm glad you got that guy off the street."
Several police cars, as well as a hostage negotiation van, were at the scene. Police say Bass surrendered without incident shortly before 5 p.m.
"We had been told earlier that he had said he was not going to give up without a fight, so it was a relief he came out and nobody was injured," said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
No one was injured in the situation, but police evacuated nearby residences as a precaution.
Bass was scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday morning.